First snow of 2014 may arrive Thursday

A fence enclosing an orchard near Bor Way in Ellsworth bends under the weight of ice on Dec. 28.
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A fence enclosing an orchard near Bor Way in Ellsworth bends under the weight of ice on Dec. 28. Buy Photo
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 31, 2013, at 4:53 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Although it wasn’t yet clear as of Tuesday afternoon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s office in Caribou said that the first snowfall of 2014 could arrive on Thursday, as part of a storm system expected to affect much of the northeast.

But if snow does fall, it won’t amount to much, meteorologist Corey Bogel said.

“It’s looking more and more like this storm is going to pass right to the south of the area, but the time period would be like Thursday into Thursday night,” he said. “The chance of snow would increase during the day, so there would be a better chance of snow in the late afternoon than there would be first thing in the morning.

“It looks like amounts would be a few inches or less, but much will depend on the eventual track of the storm,” he said. “As we get closer to the time, if it starts to track a little closer to the coast, the amounts could be more. If it stays well to the south of the area, there could be little to no snow.”

Bogel said that Thursday’s weather doesn’t look like it will be a repeat of the storm that dumped as much as foot of snow in some parts of Maine earlier this week.

As far as New Year’s Day itself, Bogel said, the big news will be the deep freeze.

“We’re looking for the coldest air mass since January of 2009, so it will be quite cold,” he said. “So we’re looking right now at Wednesday night being the coldest night.”

Bogel said forecasts call for a low of -11 degrees in Bangor.

“But in many areas to the north of there, across the crown of Maine, we’re looking at lows of 25 to 40 below,” he noted.

Northern Aroostook and Piscataquis counties are expected to see the coldest temperatures, with widespread lows of 30 to 40 below, he said.

And that’s not windchill factor cold, he said.

“That’s the actual temperature without any wind,” Bogel said.

Despite the bitter cold, the number of Bangor Hydro customers without power dwindled down to 72 as of about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Central Maine Power was down to 352 outages.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/12/31/news/state/first-snow-of-2014-may-arrive-thursday/ printed on August 1, 2014